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04-12-2011, 12:43 PM #1
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Help me decide what is best for our situation car wise
My wife and I used to both work from home so driving was limited mpg wasn't an issue our cars mostly sat in the driveway.
Job changed and we have moved, I still work from home but wife now drives 40 mins to work each way and are putting a lot of drive time on her car (05 honda pilot about 18 mpg and we owe about $7500 on it).
Gas is killing us budget wise 90% of our driving is her going to work, my car is a 97 marquis (fully paid for) looks and runs great but also only gets around 18.5 mpg.
My idea was to sell my marquis and buy an economy car something like a ford focus 30+ mpg, for the work commute, basically this would be her work car and I would have her Honda here daily for taking the kids to the park or library etc but the work car would be her driving to work and back only.
She sees my point, but her idea is to get something mid sized like a ford fusion so we would still get better mpg about 25mpg but with mid sized we could still all fit as a family car for other trips and if needed I could drive it too (say a bad winter day where she wants the 4 wheel drive honda) I could still drive that car if needed around town here.
Our family of 4 consists of 2 growing girls 10 and 2, and I am a big tall guy at 6 foot 6 inches so I don't quite fit in the focus passenger side wise much less drivers side, but I do fit well in a fusion we just lose mpg's going up from economy to mid sized.
I used ford focus and fusion as examples only because that is what we looked at and drove but in general open to other brands etc, just looking economy small vs mid sized.
The idea of selling her Honda isn't coming into play as we use that for our side business to carry all our equipment and she just loves that thing, plus we owe about what its worth id bet so there's no value in selling it - I have no problem letting my marquis go though...
Thanks for any input or ideas, we both see each others points on this just hard to decide what to actually DO in this situation.
Last edited by MrMom; 04-12-2011 at 01:08 PM.
04-12-2011, 01:00 PM #2
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It's funny I have a Pilot and DH has a Focus! He drives the majority of the miles in our family so it makes sense for him to get the higher MPG car. He too is a big guy and does sometimes have issues with the size of the car. When all 3 of us (soon to be 4) are in his car is is a tight squeeze, so I doubt we will ever go farther than our immediate area in it.
04-12-2011, 01:05 PM #3
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I have posted on a few threads here is one of them:
We used a Mercedes for a commute car for many many years, luxury leather seats, impeccable inside and out, older car but smooth ride and .....the best part well maintained 30-35 miles per gallon, I couldn't get that with a Geo...LOL
Not sure what will meet your needs, but if you are mechanically inclined and can maintain things look into a good used vehicle. If you happen to look into a used Mercedes, remember the saying "there is nothing more expensive then a cheap Mercedes" . Find one well serviced and maintained with good records. Be willing to learn to change the oil, and maintain yourself. The parts are not cheap. We had to replace some things over the years, but the car is still serving us well and has many many miles on it. I just bought another older Mercedes diesel, impecabbly maintained some of these can go over 500,000 miles . This has 89,000 on it and she is great. I just replaced the glow plugs, air intake filter and system, all filters, and she is getting painted this weekend. She was appraised by a Classic car specialist for between 6,000 and um don't want to say. I purchased her garaged and serviced for 900.00. Would take luxury , heated seats and 30- 35 over the others any day. Best no car payments on any of my vehicles. I love each one, maintain, restore, have some classics and name them all ...hehe I also have a M SUV though for hauling or when we travel.
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04-12-2011, 01:24 PM #4
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I should mention we are doing the dave ramsey get out of debt thing and have saved a few grand towards something (dont want a car payment) and would just add a 3rd car if it werent for the higher insurance and plates - plus a 3rd car is kinda silly with me being mr mom working from home and only her NEEDING a car daily for work.
But the plan was if i could get a few grand from the marquis match that with $ in hand we could buy something in the 5-7 grand range (been looking at used focuses).
I had an old saab turbo looked like crap (paint and rust in a few areas) but the thing ran like a dream and was SO nice with every feature inside, absolutely loved it but sold it to my sister after her cars engine died, wish I still had that thing it got great mpg too! (she traded it in a few months later) ughhhhh.
I love the idea of a used benz and i do agree when taken care of they last a long long time... just was thinking something like a basic ford here would fit the inexpensive need and hopefully get us thru a few hundred thousand miles drive wise...
Wife actually wants to keep that Honda till it falls apart, it has 85K on it but still drives like day one new with just following the dealer recommended services plus brakes tires etc, our plan is for the 10 yr old to get that one once she is old enough to drive, awesome first car even at 150K that Honda should still do her well as a first car...
I wish I was 5'9" then I would just say grab a focus and its a no brainer, i keep saying tho its 5 days a week driving so go small and best mpg, shes got it in her head it has to be something we can ALL use and I can drive just in case down the road or for days she might want the Honda (4 wheel drive in deep Michigan snow)... I see her point she sees mine but we just can't figure out what is best...
Last edited by MrMom; 04-12-2011 at 01:40 PM.
04-12-2011, 05:04 PM #5
Maybe I'm not as familiar with the Pilot, but you can't take that with all 4 of you for family trips? It would also depend on how many family trips you take and how long they are. If it's a matter of being a little cramped for a 10 minute ride to the grocery store once or twice a week, or being a little cramped for an 8 hour trip every weekend, that would have a big impact on my decision.
Also, if you don't want to fit in a Focus (or whatever) because of size - try other small compact cars. My DH is 6'5" and he drives a Honda Civic. Sure, it's not as roomy as his old Chevy Blazer or even the Accord that he wants for his next car, but the amount of money we saved each month in gas when we got it more than covered the car payment.
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